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  • #870412
    davysboy
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    129mm near Brecon.  What have you all had?

    I see 270mm in parts of Somerset. That’s as much as we’ve had this year in total.  It’s wet enough now.


    #870413

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     About 120mm in East Anglia near the east coast, which compares with the expectation of about 30 mm for the month, so hugely more than usual, and fields much wetter than normal for this time of year, even though they started the month fairly dry.


  • #870414
    TeslaCoils
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     FIve or six inches. Not an accurate count as rainguage ran over the top several times. So yes, pretty wet. It can stop now thanks. Until November. Apart from an inch the day after the rape is all drilled. And maybe another inch to soften seedbeds the day before we get the drill out.


    #870415
    Peter Wells
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    94mm of drought on Saturday between 2am and 2pm in GL19.


    #870416
    Brian Hind
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     If your rain gauge over several times, how much does it hold?  Standard gauge here holds 6 inches.


    #870417
    TeslaCoils
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    3″. But doesnt get emptied every day. Rain is not an exact science for me. If there are puddles in the yard, no point going out side. With the rain, we also seem to have no heat in the air. So its going to take a good week of no more wet before I even consider a sprayer in the field. And even then it will be in desperation to get some spray on the barley. May also looks like a cold and damp month.

    No need for 6″ rain guage here. 24″ is a normal year. 10mm and you wont walk over this clay for a few days. Moisture retention is not an issue we suffer from. More like the opposite. If we had 6″ in a day, I’d go on holiday for a month. 

    Annoyingly, I do seem to recall several farmers curse the dry and wanting some wet to wash their urea in. I will add that to “localised torrential downpours” and “jetstream unseasonably low” and “weather remaining unsettles” as trigger words to book a flight to, well, anywhere else not a part of the British Isles or with a maritime climate.


    #870418
    Brisel
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    120mm here in East Dorset throughout April

    33.5mm in March

    25.5mm in Feb

    67.5mm in Jan 2012

    I’m about 10 days behind with spraying fungicides on wheat & oilseed rape. No diseases really showing yet but I suspect that I’m going to lose some of leaf 3 to latent septoria. Hey ho. All thanks to the Environment Agency declaring the South West as a “Drought region” in early April!


    #870419
    bankrupt
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    Same problem here, Brisel, though in West Devon we had 275mm, slightly more than the “record” at Liscombe in Somerset.


    #870435
    concreter
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    Over here in drought stricken and sunny Essex we only had 81mm, this doesn’t include the 25mm we had last night that goes into the May figures, our heavy clay will be a while drying out now and the fields ‘squelch’ as you walk on them.  By squelch I mean that you can hear the soil up to 10 feet away (all around) sucking as you take a step.

    Not really cattle turning out weather I guess.


    #870422
    bovril
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    kansasfarmer

     If your rain gauge over several times, how much does it hold?  Standard gauge here holds 6 inches.

    Blimey! Mine only goes up to 35mm! Not often much call for any more than that here.


    #870423
    Brian Hind
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     I am amazed at a rain gauge that holds 35 mm.  We got 1.75″ last night, I guess we will call all of it pre May 1st, so our April rainfall was about 4.25 inches, of which 3.5 came in the last 3 days.


    #870424
    TeslaCoils
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     Kansas – I’d be interested to know, although a bit of topic, how high you are from sea level in the middle of the USA.


    #870425
    Brian Hind
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     Its over 1100 but under 1200 feet, I’ll try to find out exactly.


    #870426
    Brian Hind
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     According to my weather page, 1148 feet. 


    #870427
    bovril
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    There’s people around here get giddy coming up above sea level!!

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